Three Ways to Love Yourself Today
By Thao Nguyen
We are huge fans of self-care and self-love here at Polarity Magazine. My colleagues and I have all written several times about body confidence, mindfulness, and stress management. But we’ve generally talked about these topics in a very broad sense. We write about long term practices that will, hopefully, help us and our readers become healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. However, sometimes making a big life change like that can be daunting. Sometimes, just getting through the day is difficult, let alone trying to fix things in the long term. Daily happiness and little works of self-care are just as important and beneficial as huge lifestyle changes. If you find yourself facing a day that just seems bad and exhausting, try these simple practices to turn it around.
Thank your body. It’s pretty amazing to sit down and think about all of the processes your body is carrying out without you having to think about. For example, while you’re reading and absorbing this article, your brain and endocrine system are releasing the chemicals and hormones necessary to keep you in homeostasis. Your heart is beating, your blood is pumping, your lungs are filtering the air, and your bones are keeping you together. These things happen every single day at every single moment. It’s so easy to take these things for granted and forget how mind blowing the body is. So choose one thing about your body and consciously be grateful for it. Try something like “thank you heart, for beating just the right amount of times to keep me going.” This will help you to remember how amazing your body is, no matter how you think it looks.
Get outside. The benefits of being in the sunlight our two-fold: improved mood and improved health. Vitamin D deficiency is rampant, and getting some time outdoors will help cure that. Furthermore, research has shown that spending time in nature will decrease your risk of depression. Healthy bodies lead to healthy minds, and from personal experience, I can promise you that spending time outside will greatly improve your mood. While you’re out there, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, the breeze in your hair, and the fresh air in your lungs. Spending time outside will allow you to relax and feel unrestrained. Your problems will start to feel more manageable when you look at how big the world is.
Encourage someone else. Humans are social creatures. It doesn’t matter if you are introverted or extroverted, inside all of us is a desire to connect with others on some level. When you can help someone who is having a bad day or going through a tough time — when you can empathize with them — you can lift them and yourself up for the day. Sharing each other’s struggles can not only put things in perspective, it allows us to let go of some of our own burdens, and find a new purpose in ourselves. Knowing that someone is out there counting on you, and believing in you to get through your own strife, can really turn your day around.